I was shocked to hear the news. I went to TTU with him and I was sure he would be a musician all his life. So surprised, but he sure did well in this field. I am so sorry for you loss and will be praying for him. He was a great guy and so helpful and friendly. Prayers!!
Bev,I was genuinely shocked and saddened to hear that Don had passed on.I have no doubt that he truly loved you.I know this is another major crossroads in your life. You have to find the strength to go on.
God bless you.
Dr. Bell was a wonderful man and professor and I have many great memories of him from my time in UT's Nurse Anesthesia program. I kept in contact with Dr. Bell through Facebook and he often made me smile with commentary or pictures he posted.
He will be sorely missed by many.
My deepest sympathy to Dr. Bell's wife, Beverly and all his friends and family.
I first met Don in 2010 when we were both were appointed to the Board of Nursing by Governor Bredesen. I came to know him as a very knowledgeable and trusted colleague and friend. My deepest sympathy goes to Beverly and the entire family in your time of loss.
Arthur Thompson, LPN
Dear Beverly, I am so very sorry for your loss and for what we, those of us in anesthesia, have loss in Dr. Bell's passing. I thank him for his military service. It was always so evident how much he absolutely adored you. Please know that you are in my prayers.
So sad to learn of Don`s death.It was my pleasure to have known and worked with him. He was an excellent teacher and had found his passion at UT. His shoes will be hard to fill. My prayers are for Beverly and the Bell family.
My deepest sympathies to Don's family and to all who come to know, admire, and appreciate Don...
I was shocked to hear that Don had passed away. I worked with him at the University of Tennessee, College of Nursing for 15 years. My job was to do Letters of Agreement/Contracts between his office and the college of nursing. I am so sorry for your loss. He was always "up" and had something nice to say to me or anyone else.
So sad to hear of Don's passing. He was one of the classiest people I've ever known, who was devoted to his profession, his faith, and to you. Sorry I cannot attend the service, but just know he will always be remembered fondly.
Dearest Beverly: I am deeply saddened to learn of Don's death. As you know, we grew up in the same neighborhood and went to school together. He was always smiling and was so genuine. He had accomplished so much in his life and was gracious to everyone. I will miss seeing him and waving hello as we would pass each other at times on my way home. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Debbie Nieto Haisley
I was so sorry to hear about Don. Don was one of Chris's (my son)) instructors when he went through the CRNA program at UT. Chris had the utmost respect for Don and thought the world of him. I remember when you and Don came to work for ACK, years ago. I know how proud you were of him with his career advancement.
As a longtime anesthesia representative that covered aroumd 60 hospitals, I enjoyed seeing Don and Beverly not only for salesmanship , but as a friendship that lasted for several years. Don was not only a good clinician, but really enjoyed life and was a good and gentle person.When you travel through this life you really cherish relationships that are developed and meeting Don and Beverly added to my life's enjoyment. God bless Don and Beverly and I know she realizes he is in a better place. I will be praying for the Bell family at this time and they should be assured that Don made a great impression on mankind during his 61 years.
Doug Harned (Knoxville)
Don and I went to church and high school together and we were very good friends. He was kind, multi-talented and had a wonderful sense of humor. Reading his obituary, Don accomplished so many things in his life and it appears that he was surrounded by family and friends that loved him very much. My husband and I will be praying for you during this difficult time. He will always remain to me a happy teenager with his life ahead of him. May God comfort and give you peace.
Beverly and family, I was so sorry to hear of Don's death. I have known him for many years and have so much respect for both his thought processes and how he smooths situations that could become uncomfortable. What a loss to your family and to the world of professional nursing. He will be greatly missed. Dava Shoffner, RN (Retired UTK-CON faculty)
Dearest Beverly and Family,
I first met Don when he was an anesthesia student in Charleston, WV. He had the uncommon confidence as a student to come up and thank me for lecturing to his anesthesia class and he followed that with a thank you letter. Since then, I have been delighted so many times to run into Don and Beverly at several events. Don was a true ‘gentle' man who possessed a humble and confident presence with a rich baritone voice that made everyone feel immediately comfortable upon meeting him. He made many significant contributions to our profession...including the excellent teaching of so many current practitioners in the field of anesthesia. He will be deeply missed as he has left an outstanding legacy through his professional work, his personal life, his colleagues, and his many students and graduates. Please accept my most sincere condolences to you, Beverly and your family.
Education is painful, continual, and difficult work to be done in kindness, by watching, by
warning, - by praise, but above all - by example…. John Ruskin
Don, you will be missed. I met you during our TANA conferences and over the years you have been a fixture in the anesthesia arena. Your contributions will be long lasting. It was a pleasure to serve with you on the TANA board in the past. God speed and enjoy everlasting life. To the Bell family, my heart goes out to you in your loss and we lift you up in the knowledge that Don is with the Eternal Physician. The bells are ringing in heaven.God Bless.
Beverly and Family,
Don was an extraordinary, accomplished and humbled man who served his profession, patients, students and colleagues with respect and a caring nature. He will be missed.
So sorry for your loss.
The shock of Don's sudden and much too early passing continues to weigh heavily on my heart. My thoughts are with Beverly and Don's family at this most trying of times. Don's extensive knowledge, sharp wit, unending compassion for those around him, and his love for his chosen profession of nursing and nurse anesthesia will be sorely missed by those who's lives he touched.
Dr Bell was a true friend and a patriot. He loved his country deeply and as the great man that he was, left everyone feeling special. He touched me by his sincere love for others and his great sense of humor.
I am so sorry for your loss. Dr. Bell was a wonderful, kind hearted man who always had a smile for everyone.
I was so very sorry to hear about Don's death. He was a great friend and colleague to me . My prayers and sympathy are with you. He will be missed! Pat Melcher
I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Don. I had the pleasure of attending the doctoral program at UT Memphis with him. He was a very kind and caring person as well as a leader in the profession. I extend my greatest synpathy to his family and many friends. Susan Stone
Colleague, role model, consummate professional. I feel lucky to have known Don, and to have been able to call him my friend.
I'm so sorry to hear of Dr. Bell's death. He was a wonderful human being and his passing is a huge loss for the many that came in contact with him. He was a man of integrity, compassion and fairness.
I am so sorry to hear of Don's death. I will always consider him a "grand gentleman". I was honored to be his colleague. To Don's dear wife and extended family, my deepest sympathy.
Jan Lee (Dubuque IA)
I was shocked to hear about. Don. I will always remember our days at babtist. Please accept my most sincere sympathy
I was so sorry to hear of the passing of Dr. Bell. I was fortunate to serve with him on the Tennessee Board of Nursing and will greatly miss his presence and vast knowledge. Prayers for family and friends.
I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Don Bell. We were roommates and he was Best Man in our wedding in 1971. I will always remember his good wit, great personality and his awesome ability on Bari-Sax.
So very sorry to hear about Donnie. He was a great friend when we were in high school. We had some great times. Even though it has been 40 + years, I still remember him as a class act and a great person.
So sorry for your loss. Prayers to you during this difficult time.
I am so sorry for the loss of Dr. Bell. My thoughts and prayers go out to you during this difficult time. He will be missed by many in the profession.
NAC class of 2013
We will all miss Don but he will forever be with us in spirit! The college bowl at TANA Fall meeting will never be the same! Don's quick wit was envied by many. His love of his profession was inspiration to all CRNAs! RIP my friend.
Dr. Bell was such a wonderful man, professor, and friend. I feel honored to have known him and to have learned from him. My heart goes out to you, Beverly, and to your family...Lacy Rehe Gayda (UT CRNA class of 2006)
I was so sorry to hear of Don's passing. He was a first-rate educator, a first-class mind and an absolute delight to work with. My heartfelt condolences.
Beverly & Family, Here I am to bare my condolences to you & your family for such a suffering , the loss of your loved one & my friend & colleague, Don/Colonel, but yet I find myself at a loss for words. Beverly your sweet husband possessed so many unique & wonderful qualities that set him apart from the average person, but there's one that stands out & speaks for the HEART of the man & that was his UNCONDITIONAL GIVING SPIRIT! You see the way that I view it is that we are all hopefully on the same path & headed in the same direction, it's just that some of us are gonna get there before others do. Well, Don you sort of jump the gun on us here & left the world with one less true champion,but Heaven has acquired another Angel! Fly High Colonel!
Don was a valued colleague and friend, someone who welcomed me to the College of Nursing faculty when I first arrived, and who was a warm and steady presence in all the years since. He will be greatly missed. My heartfelt condolences to all the family.
Our deepest sympathy to the Don Bell family. Don will be missed by ALL.
Jeff Mills, Harold Soles, David Parnell, Keith Conerly, Jerry Sutton
I was shocked and saddened to hear of the loss of my long-time friend Don Bell. I will always remember the good times as fellow music majors at Tennessee Tech; he was a first-class musician and friend.
We had only recently re-connected (over our respective knee-replacement surgeries only days apart) and coached each other back to health. We shared many stories of our parallel lives: each serving in the USAF band program at different times; going on to each become health-care professionals, he a Nurse Anesthetist and I a speech-language pathologist; and each becoming university professors.
I will miss my friend. My condolences to the family.
You have my deepest sympathy for the loss of Dr Don Bell. I knew him as a fellow faculty member. I have the utmost respect for the work he did at UT; Because of Dr Bell, the very highest of standards and the quality of the graduates of his program were assured. I will miss him.
He was a very kind man. Joanne Hall
Our thoughts and prayers are with Don's family, friends, and colleagues during this difficult time. His contributions to nursing at the University of Tennessee College of Nursing, University of Tennessee Medical Center, and the state of Tennessee will be sorely missed. Nan and Mark Gaylord
My deepest sympathy to all of the family. Don Bell was a valued colleague at the UTK College of Nursing. I admired his knowledge, dignity, and dedication to the nursing profession. He will be greatly missed.
The gift of his friendship was something sent only by God Himself for which I am most grateful. Randall Maupin